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student 2 yingchou han 241463 unsplash 1One of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer which recognises the extraordinary contribution students make to the life of the Church and their communities, is fast approaching.

Student Sunday, on 17 February, known internationally as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, also highlights the challenges students face, and their need for practical support and prayer.

Read more: Join global prayers for students this Sunday

WWC TIB newsbannerThe World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people to share their reflections on love for Valentine's Day as part of its #ThursdaysinBlack campaign.

#ThursdaysinBlack promotes solidarity and advocacy against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, and this year Valentine’s Day, 14 February, falls on a Thursday.

The WCC said the campaign recognises that while the 14th February is a time to celebrate romance, ‘for too many people, 'love' comes with abuse and violence’.

Read more: Help anti-violence campaign with reflections on love this Valentine’s Day

Simon and Richard v1How can the Gospels of Matthew the teacher, Mark the action man, Luke the outsider, and John the reflector remind us that we are connected with eternity, rooted in the past, expressed in the present and revealed in the future?

The answer to this question was explored at Sanctuary First’s Re-imagining Church Conference held at Tulliallan Police College, Scotland, from 11-13 January.

Simon Peters, Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today Project Manager, attended the event with the Revd Richard Church, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship).

Read more: Creative ways to re-imagine church

Zimbabwe protest 2The Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Eastern Synod, has said he is deeply saddened and concerned at the violence occurring in Zimbabwe.

Protests broke out a week ago after the government more than doubled the price of fuel overnight. Living costs have also soared and many have found they cannot even afford the bus fare to work.

In response to the protests, security forces have been accused of using torture to curb protesters.

Read more: Synod Moderator prays for Zimbabwe after violence breaks out